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Live register figures shows Government strategy is failing – Morgan

2 June, 2010

Speaking today after the Seasonally Adjusted Live Register showed an increase of 6,600 people signing on the dole in May 2010, Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade and Employment Arthur Morgan has hit out at the Government’s failure to invest in people and create jobs, while pumping billions of euro into a zombie bank.

Deputy Morgan said:

“Here we have an increase of 6,000 people on the live register in a month. All Fianna Fáil’s Smart Economy has delivered for the people of this island is a card to sign on.

“This summer, thousands of graduates are leaving our universities, our colleges, and our institutes of technology into an environment of uncertainty – there are no jobs, and the Government are trying to diminish social welfare payments.

“The Government cannot continue to gamble with the future of the people of this State on continuous recapitalisation of a zombie bank, while neglecting to make the necessary investment in people.

“The Government take no issue with dropping €2billion of taxpayer’s money into Anglo Irish Bank at the drop of the hat, but for them creating jobs and stimulating the economy is akin to drawing blood from a stone.

“The Government cannot continue to be reliant on emigration visas, the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to offset the pressures of unemployment that are gripping this country.

“They need to make plans, they need to consult with parties like mine who have put together comprehensive job creation strategies, and they need to do this now.” ENDS

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